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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, ISRAEL

David Reeb
BOMBED KIBBUTZ (AFTER A J.N.F. INFORMATION BROCHURE)
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, ISRAEL

David Reeb
BOMBED KIBBUTZ (AFTER A J.N.F. INFORMATION BROCHURE)
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Details & Cataloguing

Israeli & International Art

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David Reeb
B.1952
BOMBED KIBBUTZ (AFTER A J.N.F. INFORMATION BROCHURE)
Sign paint on paper, in four parts
Each: 27 1/8 by 38 1/8 in.
69 by 97 cm
Painted in 1982.
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Provenance

Private Collection, Israel
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, December 18, 2007, lot 12
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, David Reeb Paintings 1982-1994, 1994, no. 2, illustrated in color in the exhibition catalogue p. 34
Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Die Neuen Hebräer 100 Jahre Kunst in Israel, 2005, no. 300, illustrated in color in the exhibition catalogue p. 341

Catalogue Note

David Reeb's paintings illustrate political and social commentary through an adept use of bold colors and geometrical abstraction, transforming his realistic source material - press photos, news stills - into colorful explorations of pattern, repetition, and color, reminiscent of American pop images of the 1960s.

In Bombed Kibbutz, Reeb has further altered his source material, in this case pastoral scenes of kibbutz life illustrated in photographs from a Jewish National Fund information bulletin. He paints the idyllic images in bright primary colors opposite fictitious scenes of their destruction painted in bold reds yellows and blacks. 

"This painting was painted as a response to the Lebanon War, and its intention, according to Reeb, is to make the bombings over Lebanon real to our senses by transferring them to Israel and giving expression to the destructive character of military aggression in relation to the utopian dream of Zionism." (Ellen Ginton, "David Reeb with Peace on the Horizon" in David Reeb Paintings 1982-1994, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1994, p. 115-116).

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